Glenn Rudd  

Mule Deer by Glenn Rudd

June 2022 - Mule Deer

About the Image(s)

In May 2021, my shooting venue was Grand Teton National Park. Our photography workshop group was based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. For each of the five days, we departed at 5:00 AM for the drive to the park. Our subjects were the wildlife and the spectacular scenery.

I captured this Mule Deer image as it was strolling through the woods. It'was moulting away its winter coat for the upcoming summer season.
Technical: 1/1000 sec, f/5.6, ISO 2200, 500mm.

4 comments posted

Joe Kennedy   Joe Kennedy
Well, you nailed this four-legged critter. The Mule Deer is fairly sharp throughout and getting its shedding coat adds to the nature story. Handled the background well.   Posted: 06/08/2022 09:15:11

Peter Elliston   Peter Elliston
Glenn, getting up at 5 am would not be for me - it would have to be extremely worthwhile! And not being a wildlife photographer, this mule deer would not be pull me out of bed! But each to their own. However, I can see that this is a great crisp shot despite the moulting coat. Well exposed with perhaps only a hint of burn out on the deer's rear quarters. I'm not sure how much tinkering you're allowed to do with shots like this but for me I would flip the image so that it was moving left to right, ten I would remove some of the branches behind its ears and also consider adding a small vignette to darken the edges and in particular the very green grass and foreground branches. Especially that very bright white one curving round directly below the deer's chin.   Posted: 06/10/2022 07:57:23

Glenn Rudd   Glenn Rudd
Thanks Peter. Those are all good suggestions. This is not an image I will use for competition because of the messy background and the raggedy appearance of the animal. It is however a nice documentary "nature" shot.   Posted: 06/10/2022 16:32:14

Joe Norcott   Joe Norcott
I like this shot. You have previously shown us some other photos from that trip and it seems it was a lot of fun. This photo brought back a memory from my own backyard. I had a coyote go through and thought he was ugly. He was very skinny and you could see his rib cage. What I really didn't think about was this is mother nature and if I had my camera at the time (morning time focusing on coffee) I could of really had a unique shot. It has opened my mind to being more receptive to what is in front of me and not thinking whether it's the perfect shot.   Posted: 06/18/2022 20:12:52


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